A cold-resistant polymer
A polymer which is hyper-resistant to extreme weather conditions would be developed in Siberia.
Christened Polykeramoplast, this Russian super-polymer would be very resistant to impacts, corrosion and radiation, and it would have a low friction coefficient. Roman Dolgy, representing the company that designed the material, emphasises that it would have no equal in conditions of extreme cold: "This material is usable in negative temperatures and solves the problems that arise in transporting dry and wet materials such as coal, clay, sand and peat. It prevents them from freezing in the beds of the railcars in negative temperatures, and enables them to be fully unloaded."
Transporting coal in railcars coated in polykeramoplast would help to minimise the loss of raw materials: 0.4 tonnes instead of 4.5 tonnes with an ordinary railcar.
The technology, developed by Krasnoïarsk's scientists and engineers in Russia, would open up new avenues for the production of a large number of products. The new polymer could be used in mechanical engineering, in the chemical industry, in the aerospace and shipbuilding industries, and even in orthopaedics, according to Roman Dolgy.